Salford canal work completed

Peel has announced the next phase of the Bridgewater Way project in Salford is now open.

The phase of work concentrated on the section of the Bridgewater Way which runs approximately one mile from the M602 motorway towards Worsley, adding to the completed route between Liverpool Road, Hall Bank, and the M602.

The £8m Bridgewater Way project is a 65km scheme that aims to regenerate the canal towpath and create a new route for cyclists and pedestrians.

Peel said the work in Salford is hoped to encourage more people to use of the improved towpath and connect the Bridgewater Way regional route 82 to the national route 55 in order to create a longer bicycle route in the area.

Louise Morrissey, director of land and planning at Peel, said: "The works here add to the already completed approximately 12 miles of the total 40 mile route along the Bridgewater Canal which has been made safer and more accessible."

The work already been completed on the Bridgewater Way covers Eccles, Leigh, and Runcorn.

Cllr Derek Antrobus, Salford City Council lead member for planning, added: "This is another important landmark in reconnecting the Bridgewater Canal to local communities in Salford. It is fitting that the Bridgewater Canal, which heralded a revolution in transport when it was opened, is at the forefront of another sustainable transport revolution in Salford. Together with investment in Irwell River Park and the Manchester Bolton Bury Canal, this latest achievement is contributing to the biggest ever improvement in walkways and cycleways that the city has seen."

The Bridgewater Way canal towpath regeneration in Salford is funded by Salford West, Salford Local Transport Plan, the Bridgewater Canal Trust and canal owners, Peel.

The Bridgewater Canal Trust is a partnership comprising the eight local authorities in Wigan, Salford, Trafford, Manchester, Macclesfield, Cheshire East, Warrington and Halton.

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